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The Case Against Nicole Malliotakis

“Nicole Malliotakis serves in Congress the same way she served in Albany – doing and saying whatever she thinks will help her political ambitions. Whether it’s economic opportunities, women’s freedoms, or public safety, Nicole can’t be trusted to do what’s right for her New Yorkers. In stark contrast, Max Rose made a name for himself as an independent thinker who got things done – regardless of partisan politics. Max has always demonstrated the type of leadership this district deserves, and after Nicole’s catastrophic first term, voters will recognize Max is the right person to represent them in Congress,” said DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney.

To: Interested Parties
From:  Nebeyatt Betre
Date: August 23, 2022

Subject: The Case Against Nicole Malliotakis

A former lobbyist and career Albany politician, it’s no shocker that Nicole Malliotakis has spent her first term in Congress working to make life harder for working families and advancing her own partisan ambitions. As New Yorkers face obstacles like rising costs and draconian attacks on their freedoms, Nicole has remained laser-focused on using her office to boost herself and herself alone.

Now more than ever, families and workers in Staten Island and South Brooklyn need a leader in Congress who is fighting for their best interests. Yet, instead of working to deliver real solutions, Malliotakis has remained fixated on blocking efforts that lower costs and uplift middle class families. Malliotakis’ record makes clear she’s more interested in exploiting people’s real problems for political gain rather than actually solving them.

Malliotakis has spent her first term in Congress voting against the needs of her constituents:

  • Voted against the American Rescue Plan, which provided millions of dollars to help Staten Island’s economic recovery, get parents back to work, students back in schools, and funded the NYPD

  • Voted TWICE against codifying Roe and guaranteeing reproductive rights for women, voted against protecting a woman’s right to contraception, and voted to allow states to put a bounty on the heads of women who traveled state lines to receive an abortion

  • Voted against historic legislation to reduce inflation, lower prescription drug costs and health care premiums, and ensure the wealthiest companies pay their fair share

  • Voted against funding to address the baby formula shortage that impacted New York families

On top of her poor economic record, Malliotakis has also been a failure when it comes to protecting our democracy. She joined the insurrectionists on January 6th by voting to throw out Americans’ votes and overturn a presidential election. She then voted against establishing a committee dedicated to ensuring it never happens again. The last thing Staten Island needs is yet another term from a career politician like Nicole who votes for her own interests over our democracy and New York’s working families.

Instead, what New York’s 11th Congressional District needs is Max Rose, someone who’s always put country over politics. As congressman, Max worked every day to deliver real, meaningful solutions for the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn, who have long been overlooked and forgotten by politicians like Nicole. Max was instrumental in permanently funding the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, and in his first year in Congress he passed legislation to finally build the East Shore Seawall, something that’s been held up in Washington for years. He led efforts to increase funding to combat the opioid epidemic and took charge in helping New York deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s always looked out for people’s pocketbooks, including by protecting toll discounts for his constituents and securing millions of dollars to improve their commutes.

Max Rose doesn’t come from a background in Albany or lobbying. He is a Purple Heart recipient who was the first post-9/11 combat veteran to serve in elected office in New York City. He doesn’t care about politics — he just wants to get things done. Max Rose has shown he’ll work with anyone to do what’s best for New York’s 11th district.


Staten Island Advance: Max Rose on his congressional run: ‘I’m staying in this fight’ | [SI Live, 5/31/22]

New York Times: A New Yorker’s Opposition to Abortion Clouds Her House Re-Election Bid | [NYT, 6/31/22]

But Ms. Malliotakis has also tried to maintain some distance from the court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, saying in a recent interview that she “didn’t weigh in on it.” Yet earlier this month, the congresswoman voted against a pair of bills that would have banned states from restricting abortions and prohibited them from blocking access to out-of-state abortion services.

Brooklyn Paper: In South Brooklyn, a reckoning for Malliotakis a year after Jan. 6 insurrection | [Brooklyn Paper, 1/6/22]

“Republicans are not speaking out about what happened a year ago today,” said Denise Reiser, a Bay Ridge resident who attended a Thursday rally outside Malliotakis’ Third Avenue office. “It was sedition, treason. They’re not honest, and she was one of them.”

Staten Island Advance: ‘We’re not going to let it happen,’ Max Rose leads rally protesting possible closure of Brooklyn VA hospital |  [SI Live, 3/25/22]

New York Post: Ex-Rep. Max Rose calls on Gov. Kathy Hochul to fix NY’s bail laws | [New York Post, 6/31/22]

“We need more Democrats to come out and say the bail law needs to be fixed. This has to happen,” Rose told The Post in a Sunday interview.

Rose, a moderate Democrat running for his old congressional seat in Staten Island and southern Brooklyn, is expected to win the Aug. 23 primary against socialist candidate Brittany Ramos DeBarros.

Staten Island Advance: Malliotakis dodges Roe v. Wade discussion: ‘This is a decision for the courts not politicians’ | [SI Live, 5/5/22]

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As elected officials and candidates alike are speaking out against a possible overturning of Roe v. Wade or proclaiming their support for it, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/South Brooklyn) has chosen to deflect the topic.

NY Daily News: Rep. Nicole Malliotakis slammed for using government funds for ‘campaign ads’ | [NY Daily News, 1/11/22]

But around the same time, Malliotakis used thousands of dollars in government funds for what a good-government group described as ‘campaign ads’ herself, the Daily News has learned.

She took out $13,356 in ads that ran on 1010 WINS from Dec. 7 — a day after Democratic former Rep. Max Rose announced he’s challenging her for his old seat — through Jan. 2. She also spent $13,290 of her office’s funds on ads on 106.7 FM that ran starting on the same date.


Standing in the Way of Staten Island’s Workers and Families

Nicole Malliotakis has used her power in office to try to block nearly every effort that’s helped advance Staten Island’s economy and its working families. In one of her first votes in Congress, Nicole voted to block the American Rescue Plan, which included historic investments in Staten Island and Brooklyn that the region’s economy is enjoying to this day. Malliotakis even criticized the ARP for giving money to “big city mayors like mine to combat crime after they defunded the police” (untrue), yet took credit for it as one of her “achievements.”

The American Rescue Plan not only funded local police departments, it helped more than 3.5 million children statewide, and provided 910,000 workers in New York with significant relief.

Throughout her term, when given opportunity after opportunity to tackle rising costs, Malliotakis voted nearly every time to keep prices high. Whether it’s to stop oil companies from price gouging gas, strengthening our supply chain, or reducing the deficit, Malliotakis continues to prove that she is out-of-touch with New Yorkers and would rather play politics than deliver solutions.

Her recent Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) vote this month is yet the latest proof that Nicole hasn’t gotten any better at delivering for New York. The legislation is an historic game-changer in the fight to slow down inflation and get costs back to normal. However, Malliotakis chose once again to play politics, lie to voters, and vote against this legislation that will benefit families in her district. From lowering health care premiums and drug prices, reducing energy costs, and finally ensuring the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share, the IRA is a win for New Yorkers that Malliotakis tried to block.

This pattern is just a continuation of the type of anti-worker, anti-middle class agenda Malliotakis has always pushed. She voted against strengthening protections for unions, voted against raising the minimum wage, voted against investing in American manufacturing, and supported raising taxes on the middle class while cutting taxes for the wealthiest people and corporations.

With Max Rose, New Yorkers would elect an actual champion for the working class.

Anti-Choice Extremist

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s catastrophic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, millions of women’s livelihoods are at stake, and Nicole Malliotakis is making their lives even harder. Her extreme anti-choice record proves Nicole is woefully out of touch and too radical to be representing New York in Congress. She’s not just wrong for the district – she’s putting women and families in danger.

In the months since Roe was overturned, Malliotakis and her extreme Washington bosses have doubled down on their radical crusade to turn back the clock on women’s rights and ban Americans’ long-held right to abortion access. She twice voted against codifying Roe into federal law, allowing states to terrorize and criminalize women who seek an abortion. She stood by and said nothing when more than 200 other extreme Republicans urged the Supreme Court to overturn Roe, despite the majority of New Yorkers supporting it.

She even had the audacity to lie to voters in an op-ed and tell them that Democrats were using “Roe v. Wade as a political bogeyman to scare women and score political points by threatening that electing Republicans would result in this landmark decision on abortion rights being overturned.”

She called it a “lie” and a “scare tactic.”

Now, her colleagues are proudly making clear that if elected, they’ll institute a nationwide abortion ban, potentially destroying the protections New Yorkers currently enjoy. But let’s not forget Malliotakis repeatedly voted against New York State’s Reproductive Health Act, which codified Roe v. Wade into New York State law.

Put simply: millions of women would be in even greater danger if Malliotakis is sent back to Congress with a House Republican majority.

Money over People: Friend of Big Pharma, Guns, and Corrupt Interests 

Unlike Max Rose, Nicole has never held a job outside of elected office and lobbying and has little to show after a decade of “service.” Always looking for the bigger, flashier personal opportunity, Nicole’s made clear she’s in this for herself. You don’t have to look any further than the company she decides to keep.

Between 2019 and 2020, Malliotakis voted against a total of $1.9 million in funding to fight the opioid epidemic. Why? It could be because Malliotakis owned up to $50,000 worth of stock in opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and up to $19,999 of stock in Pfizer. Both companies were found to have played a devastating role in the opioid crisis.

On the other hand, Max Rose led a successful, bipartisan push to increase funding for opioid treatment and prevention efforts, and he introduced and passed a bipartisan bill signed by President Trump that pressures China to crack down on fentanyl production.

And when the Supreme Court put New Yorkers in danger this year by striking down a century-old New York gun law that restricted the carrying of concealed firearms, Nicole said nothing, despite top New York police officials warning the ruling would increase crime and turn the state into the “Wild East.” She also voted  against simple “red flag” legislation that would decrease the risk of crime, violence, and mass shootings and instead voted to keep guns in the hands of dangerous individuals.

Whether it’s from someone praising Hitler, someone accused of criminal insider trading, or an alleged rapist that’s also a foreign agent for communist Chinese government officials, Nicole has no shame in who she aligns herself with as long as she gets a payday.


New York’s 11th Congressional District’s new configuration presents challenges for Democrats on Staten Island, but this district remains one that Max Rose would have carried in 2018. Max Rose has a strong fundraising infrastructure and brings the kind of bipartisan spirit necessary for a Democrat to appeal to more traditionally red voters.

As the former congressman for this district, Max Rose knows what it takes to deliver wins for families and working people in New York. Max was unafraid to work across the aisle to find real solutions, like permanently funding health care for our 9/11 heroes, securing millions of dollars to combat the opioid epidemic, and reforming the tax code to work better for working New Yorkers. Max will be a staunch defender of women’s rights and ensure Congress protects women’s freedom to decide how and when they raise a family. Nicole’s record proves she can’t say the same.


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